Meet Our Teachers

Abbot

Abbot

Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN

Co-Guiding teacher

Nancy Brown Hedgpeth JDPSN started practicing Zen in 1979 at the Cambridge Zen Center. She received inka in 1994. She has lived and practiced and held positions at the Cambridge, Providence and New Haven Zen Centers. She is currently Co-Guiding Teacher at Providence Zen Center. Nancy is a retired nurse and helped her husband start a farm in South County, Rhode Island.
Nancy now lives in Waterville, Maine.

Jose Ramirez, JDPSN

Co-Guiding Teacher

Co-Guiding Teacher of the of the Providence Zen Center, and the Guiding Teacher of the Delaware Valley Zen Center, which he helped found in the Spring of 1999. He has been practicing in the Kwan Um School of Zen since 1994, received Inka in April 2009, and leads both Zen and Christian-Buddhist retreats. He has a degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters and Ph.D in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his role as an industrial statistician he works closely with engineers and scientists to help them make sense of data. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and daughter

Dennis Duermeier JDPSN

Vice Abbot

Dennis Duermeier JDPSN began practice with the Kansas Zen Center in 1981. He was involved in buying and renovating the first residential Zen center in Kansas and later became its abbot. In 2000 he received inka from Zen Master Seung Sahn. In 2004, for personal reasons, he left the Kwan Um School of Zen, and eventually spent several years living in Australia. In 2018, he returned to the United States and to the School. In 2020, under the guidance of Zen Master Bon Hae, his authorization to teach was reaffirmed

Kwan Haeng Sunim

Head Dharma Teacher

Kwan Haeng Sunim went to Korea in 1997. He was ordained as a novice monk in April 1999, received bhiku precepts (full monks precepts) in 2003. After taking his precepts, he continued to live and practice in Korea until 2012. Since 2012, Kwan Haeng Sunim has lived and practiced at Providence Zen Center as Head Dharma Teacher. Kwan Haeng Sunim received Inka (authority to teach) in December 2020